Certificate in Medical Family Therapy

There’s a growing need for educated professionals who have been through medical family therapy certificate programs that can help couples and families work through and cope with difficult issues.

There’s a growing need for educated professionals who have been through medical family therapy certificate programs that can help couples and families work through and cope with difficult issues.

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Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

About the Program

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The Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical Family Therapy is a 15-credit-hour program offered for students who are seeking advanced clinical training in medical family therapy.
It will give you the tools to help make a difference in the lives of families across your community.

Program Structure

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Work toward this graduate certificate will, in most cases, be applicable to the online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (Medical Family Therapy Track).

Required Hours

15 hours
12 month timeframe

Example Coursework

Introduction to Medical Family Therapy
Theory, Practice, and Research in Medical Family Therapy
Illness, Disability, Death, and Dying Across the Lifespan
Interventions in Medical Family Therapy

Upcoming Start Dates

March 9, 2021
May 4, 2021

Common Job Titles

Family Therapist
Health Educator
Clinic Director

Meet the Program Director

Sara Salkil

Dr. Sara Blakeslee Salkil is the program director of the online Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services, online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Certificate in Medical Family Therapy programs. She is independently licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Ohio and Texas and is an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor. Sara grew up in Oklahoma and earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Oklahoma State University. She received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from ACU and her doctorate in MFT from Texas Tech University. In addition to her academic and clinical work, she is a member of the Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist licensing board in Ohio and a member of the Governance Leadership Identification Task Force with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She also practices part-time.



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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit an official transcript indicating the successful completion of a Master’s degree from a COAMFTE-accredited Marriage and Family Therapy program. If a master’s degree was earned from an MFT program not accredited by COAMFTE, the transcript must be evaluated by the program director to determine the student’s achievement of the COAMFTE foundational curriculum requirements.
  • Submit a written purpose statement declaring why you desire to advance into the specialization of medical family therapy.
  • Submit two professional letters of recommendation attesting to your clinical competence.
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Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).